Fox proof?

Gray fox on a bird feeder near Tucson, Arizona.

Gray fox on a bird feeder near Tucson, Arizona.

My feeders have proven to be squirrel proof, but evidently not fox proof. I raised it – the little platform is about feet in the air.

Saguaro Closeup

Saguaro cactus, near Tucson, Arizona.

Saguaro cactus, near Tucson, Arizona.

A single saguaro offers endless photo opportunities.

Gambel’s Quail

Gambel’s Quail.

Gambel’s Quail.

A covy of Gambel’s Quail visits our feeders a couple of times a day.  I love seeing them marching out of the wash in a single file line on their way to breakfast.  I also love hearing their unique call echo in the hills behind our camp.

Two bodies better than one?

Javelina, Tortolita Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona.

Javelina, Tortolita Mountains, near Tucson, Arizona.

If two heads are better than one, how about two bodies?  Weird how these two lined up with the one face.

More Javelina!

Javelina family.

Javelina family.

Javelina at my water hole at sunset.

Saguaro Fog

Saguaro in the fog, Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

Saguaros in the fog, Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

This is my normal sunset view.  It is raining yet again, with 3 storms total forecast over the next 6 days – this is the kind of wet weather most people thought the West would see last winter, not this one.  I’m not complaining, love the rain in the desert!

More Gray Fox!

Gray Fox, Tortolita Mountains, Tucson, Arizona.

Gray Fox, Tortolita Mountains, Tucson, Arizona.

Yesterday morning as I worked on my water feature I noticed not one, but two gray fox lurking in the nearby distance.  They wondered off before I could get my camera.  Later in the day after returning from a hike we found fox tracks on our outside table which would have been fun to see.   Then last night the pair showed up again near our trailer where they feed and some bird seed on the ground, and I was able to photograph them – very exciting, they are a beautiful animal!

I was surprised at how many times these guys were showing up on the game camera at night – it didn’t occur to me that there might be more than one – now I know.

Arizona Rain

Last night in the Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

Last night in the Tortolita Mountains, Arizona.

This was during a brief sunny break last night in a storm that has brought us yet more rain, about 3/4 of an inch over night and it is still falling. Another storm is on the horizon for next weekend – could be good news for desert wildflowers!